New Years Eve - Health Symbol?
December 31, 2009 12:10 PM   Subscribe

New Year's Eve is here and in the four hours away it will be 2010. I have no greenery in the house, what should I use instead?

Tradition of first footing, greenery was supposed to symbolise health - so what readily alternatives do you suggest?

So far: Lemons, Olive Oil, ???
posted by trashcan to Health & Fitness (12 answers total)
If you want greenery, go to the grocery store and pick up some greens: celery, parsley, herbs ...
posted by sciencegeek at 12:21 PM on December 31, 2009

Response by poster: yeh, they are all closed now though. it has to be things in the home
posted by trashcan at 12:24 PM on December 31, 2009


Okay. Do you have any frozen veggies?
posted by Think_Long at 12:39 PM on December 31, 2009 [1 favorite]

Petrol stations are still open and often have flowers for sale (at least they do where I live).
posted by biffa at 12:40 PM on December 31, 2009

Mod note: A couple comments removed. trashcan, if you can provide a little more detail that might help folks work with you; in any case, please let's keep the snark out of this.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:40 PM on December 31, 2009

Do you have a pair of garden shears (or really strong scissors)? I'd just snip something off of a tree or shrub that looks pretty.
posted by Kurichina at 12:46 PM on December 31, 2009

Best answer: Do you have a yard? Newspaper? You could lay the newspapers over the dirt (creating a good compost/soil start months later)...the promise of greenery in the new decade?

I think in this case, green is a concept, a state of mind. It symbolizes doing something healthy, which doesn't necessarily have to be tied to a color. But hell, even posting on the green is a good start! But you could do other things, a list written in green or on green paper, or lacking that, the idea of "greenness" manifested elsewhere. Lemons are a great idea. They're incredibly healthy, and serve as a disinfectant, plus a million other uses. Check out this recent post, including new things to do with lemons, olive oil, newspapers and other household items.

(If you have some green herbs, I would do the thing you would normally do with 'em, and let that be your start.)
posted by iamkimiam at 12:50 PM on December 31, 2009

Best answer: Disinfectant quality of lemon...why espressos were traditionally served with a lemon clean the rim of the cup before drinking. A nice addition to some green tea perhaps?
posted by iamkimiam at 12:53 PM on December 31, 2009

Response by poster: Liking the backing up of the lemons as I have four organic unwaxed lemons in the back. Also liking the green concept....

So in my hand come 12 will be:

piece of bread made by my Dad



and some lemons

Any other ideas gracefully accepted.
posted by trashcan at 1:00 PM on December 31, 2009

Where is this stuff customary? I have never ever heard of this custom and I am curious.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 1:18 PM on December 31, 2009

Response by poster: In the UK, but I think we have taken traditions from all over the world and made them ours. Kind of the British way, in a positive way!
posted by trashcan at 3:09 PM on December 31, 2009

For others like St. Alia and I who are unaware:

The Door Custom

In the old days, the New Year started with a custom called 'first footing', which was suppose to bring good luck to people for the coming year. As soon as midnight had passed and January 1st had started, people used to wait behind their doors for a dark haired person to arrive. The visitor carried a piece of coal, some bread, some money and some greenery. These were all for good luck - the coal to make sure that the house would always be warm, the bread to make sure everyone in the house would have enough food to eat, money so that they would have enough money, and the greenery to make sure that they had a long life.

posted by rhizome at 7:07 PM on December 31, 2009 [1 favorite]

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